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TIMELINE
The last 50 years
Some Folk Milestones


Note : Folk Groups (of three or more persons) are underlined
Featured Artists Other UK happenings American Influences
1950   Ewan McColl (Scottish), Alan Lomax (American) and Bert Lloyd (English/Australian) make concerted effort to steer the British music scene away from American skiffle influences and towards English heritage music by using popular BBC radio programmes and forming Folk & Blues clubs.

The Ian Campbell Group from Scotland, had the now legendary Dave Swarbrick as fiddler.

Doc Watson, Alan Lomax, Jean Richie, Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, The Weavers (with Pete Seeger), The Kingston Trio.
 
Peggy Seeger came to England in 1956 and stayed, marrying Ewan MacColl.
1951 
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 
1956 Scottish Davey Graham (of John Mayall Band) in London – heard by both Jansch and Renbourn 
1957 56/57 – the skiffle craze 
1958Shirley Collins starts recording The Radio Ballads by MacColl, Lloyd, Louis Killen, Peggy Seeger and othersThe Kingston Trio's Tom Dooley
START OF USA FOLK-SCARE PERIOD
1959Cyril Tawney starts broadcasting Book Penguin Book of English Folk Songs by Bert LloydIrish Fiddle Tunes continue to be adapted to folk by Americans
1960 START OF UK FOLK REVIVALJoan Baez starts recording
1961   
1962 British folk still mostly unaccompanied (Bert Lloyd, Cyril Tawney, etc) with some guitar-accompanied (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn). Martin Carthy is also singing and playing, but doesn't go solo for another three years. Bob Dylan starts recording
1963Anne Briggs starts recording  
1964Shirley Collins/Davey Graham's Folk Roots New RoutesBert Jansch & John Renbourn collaborationsDylan in London
1965Martin Carthy goes solo Watersons are recording
Both Marianne Faithfull and Donovan do folk/pop fusions which are popular in UK
Paul Simon in London
Dylan uses electric guitar
1966Young TraditionFrankie Armstrong 
1967Dave & Toni Arthur recordingPentangle formed by Renbourn & Jansch
Fairport Convention formed by Ashley Hutchings
Book Folk Song in England by Bert Lloyd
 
1968Peter Bellamy soloDave Burland starts recording
Sandy Denny joins Fairport & band starts to use fiddle
 
1969 Fairport's Leige & Lief
Steeleye Span formed – Maddy Prior the principal 'voice' (NB: first album also had Gay & Terry Woods but the first tour had Martin Carthy)
THE 5-YEAR HEYDAY OF UK FOLK-ROCK BEGINS
 
1970Nic Jones' Ballad & Songs, Shirley Collins' Love Death & the Lady,  Trees   
1971 Albion Band started 
1972 Morris On 
1973   
1974   
1975  Etchingham Steam Band formed because of electricty cuts (the 3-day week and 'Winter of Discontent').   Watersons (also non-electric) re-formed with Martin Carthy. Fleetwood Mac, gaining Americans Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, change from blues to rock-folk-rock with the landmark album Fleetwood Mac
1976 Peter Bellamy's The Transports produced to great acclaim
June Tabor's first solo album, Airs and Graces, and her Silly Sisters tour with Maddy Prior
 
1977   
1978Tony RoseJohn Renbourn / Stefan Grossman (USA) collaboration 
1979   
1980Nic Jones' Penguin EggsJune Tabor / Martin Simpson collaboration 
1981   
1982Bert Lloyd dies  
1983Hilary James recording  
1984   
1985   
1986   
1987   
1988Vikki Clayton starts recording  
1989   
1990 In UK, Folk Artists begin re-issuing albums in CD format
June Tabor / Oyster Band collaboration
 
1991Peter Bellamy commits suicide  
1992  BBC (Scotland) makes Acoustic Routes film 
1993 Acapella singers Coope, Boyes & Simpson formed 
1994Jane Threlfall and Carl Hogsden's album Who?  
1995 Term 'Folk Babes' increasingly used to describe 2nd-generation revivalist singers, notably Nancy Kerr, Eliza Carthy and Kate Rusby  
1996Sandra & Nancy Kerr's Neat & Complete   
1997Vikki Clayton's Movers & Shakers  
1998Jo Freya and sister Fi finally make an album together  
1999Retrospective CDs gather pace:
Peter Bellamy; Nic Jones; Tony Rose; John Goodluck
  

Happy Millennium — Someone else can timeline 2000–2050

Have I missed some important milestones ??  There is an email form available for you to comment on this timeline. The album set The Electric Muse which is the story of folk merging with rock, has excellent 'timeline' information. The site dealing with the many folk artists covered by Electric Muse can be found at http://www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~zierke/steeleye.span/records/new_electric_muse.html and new_electric_muse2.html, and this site carries some notes accompanying the tracks - but only where the track pertains to a Steeleye member.   Mustn't grumble, Reinhard Zierke has a great site.   Note that what looks like a mirror site at http://hum2mac1.murdoch.edu.au/watersons/new_electric_muse.html has in fact even fewer track notes - it just has those relating to Waterson/Carthy.
 
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